Design Build – Fleet Aviation Maintenance Organic Support (FAMOS) Lab

Customer: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (District Philadelphia)
Contract Award: $734,216

FAMOS lab design build

Contract Number: W912BU-13-D-0005-0003
POP: 25-Jun-2013 to 22-Jul-2014

This IDIQ contract requires Burgos Group to provide rapid response for remediation of real property that included the maintenance, repair, and minor construction of Government facilities at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The Task Orders (TOs) varied in scope and project type and included all planning, programming, administration, management, design and construction necessary to complete the work described in the scope of work associated with each TO. Five TOs have been issued to date.

Task Order 3:
Building 678 is comprised of multiple testing laboratories of various disciplines utilized by the Aircraft Carrier Support Group. The goal of this project was to provide the electric power, equipment cooling, and ventilation for the new Aircraft Component Testing Unit which is located at the southeast corner of the building inside the Environmental Testing Lab. Burgos Group self-performed all design and management requirements of the project along with some minor carpentry. Approximately 75% of the construction trades were subcontracted.

By compressing the period required for design from 90 days to just less than 60 days, Burgos Group was able to severely impact the schedule in a positive manner. Based on the information and criteria presented in the solicitation, Burgos Group was able to present a 70% design package at the first design conference with the government. As a result, the second design submission was a 100% complete package which led to the start of construction after a brief review by the government.

In order to complete this project, temporary relocation of three labs was required at various intervals. To accomplish the reloca tions without leaving the government devoid of essential services, Burgos Group and the government collaborated closely to coordinate the closures at the government’s convenience. Adherence to the construction schedule in conjunction with daily communication with the government made anticipation of such closures a non-issue.

Burgos Group’s construction management team believes that an accurate cost proposal prevents cost overruns on any design build project. This requires the thorough reading of the solicitation, understanding the design criteria, and specifications as a necessary first step. Submitting appropriate Requests for Information during the proposal phase is critical to ensure we understand the goals and objectives of the customer. All of the information gathered through the proposal process is used to produce an accurate estimate, while effective project management minimizes delays, mistakes and inefficiencies which can all lead to cost inflation.

An extension of 175 calendar days was added to the original period of performance to allow sufficient time for a government-requested design change that expanded the contract when the project was already 95% complete. Burgos Group was able to Contract Award engineer the project and minimize the total change amount to be less than $15,000.